IACCE established the Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) Program in 1997 to recognize the professional competency of chamber of commerce professionals in the state of Illinois.
The ACE designation is based upon experience, service to IACCE, training, continuing education and personal achievement of IACCE members.
In 2023, IACCE established the Empower Fund. The Empower Fund is an opportunity for members to increase their investment to help fund IACCE scholarships – not only for our regular professional development opportunities, but also to assist our smallest chambers who would otherwise be unable to afford a membership in IACCE. This optional 25% increase in your membership is a great opportunity to give back to the industry. Empower Fund members will be recognized on our website, on our letterhead, and at our in-person events.
The deadline to submit a scholarship application to IACCE's Fall Conference is 5pm CST October 1, 2023.
Diversifying Revenue Streams to Increase Organizational Value
ABOUT THE TRAINING INITIATIVE
Given the dramatic and accelerated pace of change in recent years, many chamber executives wonder what lies ahead for chambers of commerce and business associations. How will these organizations adapt and evolve over the next decade and how will they ensure their best days are yet to come? Leaders are asking these questions to help guide future development of organizations that serve small businesses and employers.
We will offer a three part series of workshops that will look at how the recent pandemic challenged existing organization revenue models and share industry best practices on how the pandemic served as a "tipping point" for organizations to rethink their missions, how they operate, and reimagine how they generate revenue.
Cathi Hight, a performance improvement consultant with Hight Performance Group, Inc., will provide a series of workshops focused on how chambers of commerce and business associations can diversify revenue streams to increase organizational value. Cathi has over 25 years of experience working with chambers of commerce and non-profit organizations to facilitate scenario and strategic planning, investor development and revenue models, strategies to rebrand the organization, and communicate the value of membership. Her diverse career experience includes being SVP of Growth Strategy & Investor Relations for the Greater Austin Chamber, VP of Operations for the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager for both Dole Foods and Dean Foods, national program manager for the Kauffman Foundation, and a Motorola University Instructor for six sigma, cycle time reduction and benchmarking.
3. More Money for Your Mission
Membership dues, events, and sponsorships are the traditional ways to generate revenue. Your organization needs to develop a diversified revenue portfolio that creates sustainable funding for your mission. More revenue means additional staff, services, and reserves for a rainy day or a pandemic. Explore the latest trends in funding models and learn how you can create financial vitality for your organization.
In this workshop, we’ll explore:
Position Your Board Chair for Success in 2024
In this session, you and your board chair will learn five takeaways to best be prepared to lead your chamber to a successful 2024.
Join us for our annual conference hosted by the Wheeling Chamber! Please visit the conference website for all of the information. Member registration is $325 for the first person for your chamber, $300 for each additional person.
Please make your hotel reservations here.
Join attorney Julie Proscia of Amundsen Davis LLC as she walks us through the required* Sexual Harassment Prevention training. This complementary training is for the Executive Director/President and all chamber staff. This is NOT for your members. If you wish to provide training for your members, email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect you with Julie Proscia. This is an opportunity for non-dues revenue for your chamber as well.